|Publication number||US7159631 B2|
|Application number||US 10/649,810|
|Publication date||Jan 9, 2007|
|Filing date||Aug 28, 2003|
|Priority date||Aug 28, 2003|
|Also published as||US20050045255|
|Publication number||10649810, 649810, US 7159631 B2, US 7159631B2, US-B2-7159631, US7159631 B2, US7159631B2|
|Original Assignee||Formosa Sounding Corp.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (17), Referenced by (7), Classifications (10), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to a protective cover for motor vehicle, and more particularyly to a protective cover for motor vehicle that may be quickly stretched for use and quickly folded into a largely reduced volume for storage.
Most motor vehicles, such as various types of automobiles, yachts, etc., would require a protective cover to protect them from accumulated dust, strong sunshine, rainwater, snow, etc.
Conventionally, the protective cover for motor vehicle is made of a soft, waterproof fabric cut and sewed into a shape corresponding to the vehicle to be protected.
Since the protective cover is completely made of a soft material, it is impossible for the protective cover to automatically stretch for use. A user has to manually extend different parts of the cover one by one, and pull these parts to corresponding positions on the motor vehicle to complete the covering of the vehicle with the protective cover. The cover is then finally fastened to the motor vehicle. Since the motor vehicle usually has a relatively large volume, it is apparently time and effort consuming to manually extend and pull different parts of the protective cover to correctly cover corresponding areas on the motor vehicle. This is the disadvantage in handling the conventional protective cover for motor vehicle.
On the other hand, it is also very inconvenient to fold the protective cover for storage. That is, the user has to manually fold different parts of the protective cover. There is not any object for fixing the folded cover to a fixed shape. The protective cover could only be roughly wound into a roll that usually occupies a relatively large space.
It is therefore tried by the inventor to develop a protective cover for motor vehicle that may be conveniently stretched for use or folded into a relatively small volume for storage.
A protective cover for motor vehicle according to the present invention mainly includes a cover for covering an upper part, all side windows, the engine hood, and the trunk lid of the motor vehicle, at least two flexible metal rings that are lengthwise sequentially spaced at and attached to an inner side of the cover and have substantially the same shape and area to enclose a relatively large area of the cover, and a plurality of adjustable belts with hook belt fasteners spaced at a lower edge of the cover. An inherent flexibility and elasticity of the flexible metal rings automatically stretches the cover for covering the upper part and the side windows of the motor vehicle, and the hook belt fasteners are adapted to firmly hold the stretched cover to a lower part of the motor vehicle. To fold and store the cover, simply fold the cover to align the metal rings with each other, and bend the aligned metal rings into three superposed smaller loops, and then position the cover and the metal rings in a bag in the flat and folded state to occupy only a relatively small space. The bag may then be conveniently carried or stored in the trunk.
To use the protective cover, simple remove the cover and metal rings from the bag, and the flexible metal rings would automatically stretch the cover for use.
The structure and the technical means adopted by the present invention to achieve the above and other objects can be best understood by referring to the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments and the accompanying drawings, where in
Please refer to
As shown, the protective cover for motor vehicle according to the present invention mainly includes a cover (1) being formed by cutting and sewing a waterproof fabric into a shape corresponding to an upper part of a motor vehicle (6). The cover (1) has an overall area preferably large enough to cover all portions at the upper part of the motor vehicle (6) that are to be protected. In the embodiment of the present invention shown in
The lower edge of the cover (1) is provided at, for example, four corners thereof with elastic bends (11) to elastically bind the cover (1) to the upper part of the motor vehicle (6). The adjustable belts (3) may be otherwise in the form of elastic cords for the hook belt fasteners (4) to adjustable connect thereto.
As having been mention above,
In the present invention, the term “motor vehicle” (6) has a broad meaning to include automobiles, cars, yachts, vans, station wagons, etc.
However, in the present invention, the use of only one flexible metal ring (2) is not considered. If only one metal ring (2) were use, the metal ring (2) must have a large diameter in order to cover the whole upper part, including all the side windows, of the motor vehicle. The large-sized metal ring (2) would have area and volume that are too large to be conveniently folded by only one person. Moreover, the metal ring (2) would project from two lateral sides of the motor vehicle by a relatively large distance to present the cover (1) from fitly and tightly covering the motor vehicle body. When two of more metal rings (2) are adopted for use, they may have a diameter within an overall width between two fully stretched hands of a person, so that the protective cover may be advantageously handled, including extending and folding of the cover, only by one person.
Please refer to
Although the manner of folding the protective cover is illustrated in several separated steps, the folding movements can actually be continuously operated to complete the folding quickly. Particularly, the flexible metal rings (2) automatically guide the protective cover to fold into a flat profile to largely reduce the volume of the cover and accordingly facilitate convenient carrying or storage of the protective cover.
To use the protective cover again, simply remove the folded cover from the bag (5), and the whole protective cover automatically stretches from the folded state due to the inherent flexibility and elasticity of the metal rings (2).
In brief, the present invention provides a protective cover for motor vehicle that may be conveniently stretched for use and folded for storage, and has a largely reduced volume after being folded.
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|U.S. Classification||150/166, 135/88.05, 206/135, 296/136.13, 296/136.12|
|International Classification||B65D65/02, B65D85/00, B60J11/00|
|Aug 28, 2003||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: FORMOSA SOUNDING CORP., TAIWAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:YANG, MING-SHUN;REEL/FRAME:014443/0577
Effective date: 20030729
|Apr 14, 2010||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: FORMOSA SAINT JOSE CORP.,TAIWAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:FORMOSA SOUNDING CORP.;REEL/FRAME:024225/0282
Effective date: 20100302
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